Treating Opioid Abuse Before It Takes Over a Life

(DGIwire) – Substance abuse often starts as self-medication—an attempt to stop the physical or emotional pain a person is feeling. However, drug dependency is very difficult to treat. Those with dependence are part of a community, and when one person has a drug problem, there often are several more. This is especially true today, with heroin use […]

A Goal of Relief for Those with Chronic Pain

(DGIwire) — The World Cup riles up sports fans on every continent. Even for people who don’t typically enjoy watching sports, the World Cup became more of a community event, with people gathering at friends’ houses or local bars to cheer on their favorite teams. Much like the Super Bowl and World Series, watching the […]

The Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse

(DGIwire) — When we think about drug addiction, seniors are certainly not the first age group that comes to mind. But here’s the reality: one quarter of the prescription drugs sold in the United States are used by the elderly, often for problems such as chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety, according to ModernMedicine.com. According to […]

An Innovative Treatment for Prescription Pill Abuse

 (DGIwire) — Rock stars and movie stars are extremely visible and often define trends, fads and the direction of a culture. Take Kurt Cobain as an example. The lead singer of the 90s grunge band Nirvana, Cobain burst onto the music scene wearing ratty jeans and a flannel shirt, singing about small town angst in […]

For Those with Opioid Dependence, a New Approach on the Road Toward Health

 (DGIwire) — In many movies involving drug-addicted characters, the dramatic scenes often take place in back alleys with sketchy drug dealers in long coats, or in rundown drug dens. In real life, drug dependence—particularly dependence on opioids—can arise in a middle class or upper class home with a doctor’s prescription. The addict could be one’s next-door […]

A ‘Cheeky’ Solution to the Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

Home Management Tips for Acute or Chronic Lower Back Pain

 (DGIwire) – Some people bend over the wrong way while picking up a heavy box in their basement. Or maybe they have to deal with a chronic degenerative condition such as arthritis or a slipped disc that never healed properly. Regardless of the cause, lower back pain can be excruciating. It can also be very […]

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